NXTWatch: 2014 Will Manganiello Plays Overtime Hero in Penncrest’s Statement Win

Will Manganiello has saved the best for last.

The NXT 2014 attackman had a phenomenal season last year, tallying 47 goals and 64 points and garnering All-America honors for Penncrest, but as a senior, he's taken his game to another level. 

That means being the hero when called upon...twice. In a battle of two of District One's elite teams, Manganiello helped the Lions shine brightest. His fourth goal of the game, which came in overtime, gave Penncrest a 9-8 win over Bishop Shanahan to help the Lions move to 11-0 for the first time in school history.

The goal was his second overtime winner of the season after the Delaware signee found the back of the net to beat Garnet Valley. It also marked his 150th career goal.

“It was a battle and it ended exactly the way we wanted it to,” Manganiello told Chris Goldberg of Philly Lacrosse. “We were looking at this game from the beginning of the season and to say we’re 11-0 for the first time in school history is incredible.”

Fellow 2014 Dylan Protesto continued his phenomenal season, too, by scoring once and going 13-for-19 at the faceoff X. 2014s Rob Logan (one goal) and Liam O'Donnell (one assist) also factored in on the scoring. 


NXT 2016 Sam Stroud tossed up goose eggs in Malvern Prep's 13-0 whitewashing of Hill School. The Friars' sophomore recorded his first career shutout with an impressive seven-save effort. NXT 2015 Zach White dished out an assist. 


2016 Peter Gayhardt led St. Joseph's Prep's 16-1 rout of Bonner-Prendergast with his four goals and one assist and found time to sneak in an interview with the Delco Times. Fellow 2016 Griffin Fleming had three assists for the Hawks.


2015 Tristan Sporer tallied once and set up another goal in Moorestown's 11-4 win over Montgomery.


Wissahickon fell to Upper Dublin, 8-4, but NXT 2017 John Esposito sniped once and 2015 John Carrozza chipped in an assist. 


2016 Beau Schmeusser had a big day for Kennett, scoring five goals in a 13-12 loss to Haverford.


2014 Joe Simpson had a pair of goals in Upper Darby's 13-8 loss to Interboro.


2014 Tim Hickey's performance for Trinity in a 9-3 loss to Carlisle garnered some attention from Penn Live.

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NXTWatch: 2014 Brooks Melvin Sends Wissahickon Into Seventh Heaven

You probably didn't have as good a Monday as NXT 2014 Brooks Melvin did. 

Melvin dabbled in a little bit of everything for Wissahickon, scoring three times and dishing out four assists in a 16-7 mashing of Upper Moreland

NXT 2017 John Esposito tacked on a goal and an assist for the Trojans, while 2014 Luke Gomez chipped in a goal and NXT 2015 John Carrozza added an assist in the blowout. 


Owen J. Roberts only has two losses this season, but the Wildcats would probably like to see less of Spring-Ford at this point. NXT 2016s Kevin Todd and Jake Hvazda each tallied once in the Rams' 9-7 triumph over OJR, their second of the year. Another 2016, Justin Schwenk, dished out an assist in the win. 2015 Sam Garges responded with a goal for OJR.

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2016 attackman Peter Gayhardt Commits to Notre Dame

It's always been all about Notre Dame for NXT 2016 attackman Peter Gayhardt

From the time he was a little boy - or as little as the 6-6, 225-pound St. Joseph's Prep sophomore can really be - Gayhardt dreamt of donning the Blue & Gold of the Irish. His father, Don, is a Notre Dame alum and the Gayhardt family still makes routine trips to see Touchdown Jesus with hopes of seeing the Irish wake up the echoes. Posters of the Irish have adorned Peter's room since he was a child and he's never been afraid of rocking a Notre Dame jersey.

But he'd always seen things from a fan's perspective, never as a potential Irish recruit, until he visited the school in February...and that's about as long as it took for Gayhardt to realize his future was in South Bend. 

"From the moment I walked on campus, I knew it was the spot for me," Gayhardt said. "It's awesome. It's in its own place surrounded by nothing: just Notre Dame. The atmosphere is incredible, especially with the big football team, and the athletic tradition was a major reason why I wanted to go there."

So it didn't take long after coach Kevin Corrigan extended him an offer for Gayhardt to commit to the Irish's class of 2020, becoming the sixth NXT 2016 to commit to a Division I school. Gayhardt accepted the offer in early March, but couldn't go public until now. 



It didn't hurt that Notre Dame boasts one of the strongest business schools in the country, either. The Mendoza College of Business perenially ranks among the best business schools in the country and with Gayhardt wanting to major in business, it seemed like a perfect fit. 

"That's another major reason," Gayhardt affirmed. "The Mendoza business school is really good and it was definitely a factor. Academics were huge for me."

It's pretty easy to believe him, too, when the other schools that he seriously considered were Princeton and Penn, where his brother, Kevin, is a freshman. His older brother earned All-American honors at Episcopal Academy as a close defenseman, but Peter scored 42 goals there as a freshman last year before switching schools. It could have been a tough move, but he's adapted well to it.

"School itself is awesome," Gayhardt said, "and the kids have all been great to me. We're hoping to start really clicking as a team soon, especially by the time we play (defending PIAA champion and archrival) La Salle May 1."

And it's something he can now focus on without having to worry about his recruiting, but Gayhardt knows that he also got a major assist from NXT 2016 coach and Director of Showcase Lacrosse Brett Manney.  "I told him at the beginning of freshman year that Notre Dame was my favorite and he said, 'all right, let's do it,'" Gayhardt said. "He was real good with it. He was always talking to coaches when I needed him to make a call and he probably worked just as hard at it as I did. I'm really grateful for what him and what he did."

It's a safe bet that Irish eyes are smiling because of it.

NXT 2016 Commitments

Peter Gayhardt - Notre Dame

Michael Nelson - Vermont

Ryan Kinnard - Hofstra

Christian Feliziani - Ohio State

Jack Wilson - Maryland

Jack Reilly - Virginia

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NXTWatch: 2017s Cole Johnson and CJ McAnally Tally First Career Goals

The future looks bright for Episcopal Academy. 

NXT 2017 Cole Johnson netted the first two goals of his young career and fellow 2017 CJ McAnally also scored for the first time in his career as the Churchmen whacked Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 12-3, in an Inter-Ac game Friday. 

NXT 2015 Chris Friedman put together a three-point game for EA, while NXT 2016Ben Valdes and Eric Haab and NXT 2014 Rich Palazzese also scored once apiece. 


2016 Michael Nelson also led the charge for Southern Lehigh. Nelson potted four goals to help the Spartans throttle Central Catholic, 12-4.


2015 Sam Garges was at the forefront of Owen J. Roberts' 13-6 win over Pope John Paul II. Garges paired two goals with two assists to fuel the Wildcats.


2014s Luke Gomez and Brooks Melvin were all over Wissahickon's 16-0 whitewashing of Norristown. Gomez guided the Trojans with a hat trick, while Melvin (two goals, one assist) and 2017 John Esposito (one goal, two assists) highlighted the rest of the offense. 


2016 Jake Hvazda tallied twice and dished out three assists to help Spring-Ford drub Boyertown, 11-5. Fellow 2016 Kevin Todd had a hand in three goals, scoring twice and setting up another, 

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NXTWatch: 2015 Zach Longacre Shuts The Door for Kennett

When Kennett badly needed a win, the Blue Demons knew exactly where to turn. 

Just ask Zach Longacre to come up big. The NXT 2015 goalie turned away 10 shots to help Kennett upend Downingtown West, 7-4, Thursday. 

NXT 2017 John Finfrock scored once for the Blue Demons, while NXT 2016 Beau Schmeusser added an assist.


This is going to surprise everybody, but NXT 2014 Will Manganiello scored a bunch of goals. The Penncrest All-American led a 15-7 mashing of Lower Merion with six goals and an assist, while fellow 2014s Rob Logan (two goals) and Billy Kinnard (one goal) joined in on the fun. 2016 Ryan Kinnard also netted a goal for the Lions, while 2014 Casey Brown stopped three shots. 


St. Joseph's Prep had little trouble with Catholic League foe Archbishop Carroll, pasting the Patriots 16-2. The Hawks got a goal and an assist from 2016 Griffin Fleming and an assist from 2014 Scott Scheuerle. 2015 Joey Rodden scored once for Carroll. 


Radnor made quick work of Haverford High, rolling to a 16-1 win on the strength of three goals and one assist from 2015 Jack Norton. 2015 Tom Meyers was 14-for-16 at the faceoff X, while 2016 Jack Wilson paired a goal with an assist. 2017 Phil Regan added an assist and fellow 2017 Tucker Ballbach stopped a pair of shots. 


Malvern Prep...still pretty good. The Friars smashed Penn Charter, 18-5, thanks in part to a goal from 2015 Zach White


2014s Luke Gomez and Brooks Melvin both found the back of the net once in a narrow 5-4 win over Hatboro-Horsham.


2016 Christian Xitas scored once for Marple Newtown, but the Tigers couldn't quite pull off the upset in a 7-4 loss to Conestoga. 

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